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2010 alumni newsletter of the SUNY Geneseo Department of English.

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SUNYGENESEO DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH VOLUME 10 SPRING 2010 Welles Hall, home of the English Department

English Stays Strong as Both a Department and CommunityA note from the Department chair, Richard Finkelstein! Despite the challenging economic environment that all of us have faced, the last year has seen our English Department move forward in many positive, well-focused directions. Faculty and staff have redoubled their efforts to ensure that English majors receive classroom education that matches Geneseos topranked reputation, and also get the attention, encouragement, and mentorship they deserve. Our push forward also results from the many kinds of generous support that alumni have provided. English Department graduates everywhere have conrmed that they remain strong participants in our community, often decades after leaving Geneseo. ! During this past year, for example, we held one of our forums that attempts to answer the question, how do you build a career with an English major after graduation? Featuring Janet Tenreiro (78), a businesswoman in western New York, and lawyers Anne Joynt (02) and Mary Kate Woods (96), the session proved encouraging to students, who heard a happy truth: English majors sometimes take more time to settle on a career path than some, but our major builds the skills and intellectual exibility to create professional lives in a variety of ways over a lifetime. Alumni have also helped strengthen our students condence by participating in internships and helping them to establish networks. Professor Graham Drake coordinates most of the internships, and he has been kept busy. ! As has always been a Geneseo tradition, faculty members support students with creative activities and family-like connections outside the classroom. For over two years, Professor Ken Cooper has been working with Geneseo students on an organic garden they designed. Integrated with his courses on literature and eco-criticism, work in the garden has also educated the entire campus about healthy practices. In addition to engaging many former students to write sections of his two-volume encyclopedia on the history of Broadway, Professor Tom Greeneld continues to teach guitar and occasionally serenade students in his classes. Several of our faculty members lead study programs overseas, including a new one in Ireland created by Professor Rob Doggett. The centerpiece of this trip is a residency at the International Yeats Summer School, where students meet and are mentored by some of the worlds most important scholars. With Professor Beth McCoys mentoring, we have now sent two students to the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. One of them is now a Ph.D. student at Brown. " As you can see inside, this has also been a growth year for bringing speak-

in this issue:keep in touch" alumni update" literary forum" Lima on the Today Show!

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Select English majors serve as Writing Center Tutors, aiding all Geneseo students with their academic writing.

2009 Awards:Here are a few of this years student awards and scholarships1. The William T. Beauchamp Literature Award. Patrick Morgan received this annual $250 award presented to an outstanding senior English student. 2. The Rita K. Gollin Award for Excellence in American Literature. This graduating senior award went to Molly Kerker. To be eligible for consideration, recipients must demonstrate excellent work in the study of American literatures.

A Letter from the Chair (continued from page one) ers, poets, and ction writers to campus to enhance our intellectual environment. Students heard talks from Professor Michael Warner, Chair of the Yale University English Department, who delivered the annual Walter Harding Lecture, endowed by the Harding family. J.D. McClatchy, poet and translator (and another member of the Yale Department), gave a poetry reading when he visited for the Phi Beta Kappa lecture last spring. The Geneseo Literary Forum brought prize-winning short story writer ZZ Packer to campus this fall. We were thrilled to sponsor several literary readings: and there was little more exciting than hosting an award-winning alumna writer, Ashley Pankratz (05).


That we were able to reafrm our vigorous commitment to building an intellectually and socially supportive community during the sharp economic downtown speaks to the commitment of faculty, staff, and alumni. With your time and generosity we have enlarged our students opportunities and the quality of their experience at Geneseo. Thanks for all that you have done. Please continue to keep in touch.

3. The Don Watt Memorial Scholarship. Caitlin Klein received this scholarship, established by friends and colleagues of the the former Chair and Professor. It rewards a student who demonstrates a strong academic record as well as a history of having to work to support her- or himself in college. 4. The Natalie Selser Freed Memorial Scholarship. Jeffrey Lovitz received this award, granted to the junior English major with the highest grade point average within the major. It is funded by Professor Walter Freed in loving memory of his mother.

Richard Finkelstein Chair

Keep in touch. Let us know about your accomplishments.Email us at, or fill out the information below. Name: Address: City/State/Zip: Email: " Year of graduation: Your information:

GREAT Day 2009At this years Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement, and Talent Day (21 April) more than ten student panels featured critical papers, recitations, and creative readings in English language and literature. Topics included the Hebrew Scriptures as Literature, Thoreau and Beauty, Cinematic Representations of Elizabeth I, Criticism without Borders (Multimedia Responses to Literature), and African-American Migration Narrative.

Send to: Dept. of English, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo NY 14454-1401

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Alumni NewsPlease send your news and updates to Bill Bly (1969) graduated as an Art major with a Creative Writing minor at Geneseo. He studied with the recently re tired Da ve Kell y ("a rst-class teacher"), Dr. David Wand, and Professor Walter Harding ("one of the nest professors I ever knew"). Bly attended graduate school in Creative Writing at SUNY Buffalo and has lived for the last 31 years in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa. " Professor Harding's inuence continues, as Mr. Bly is a Life Member of The Thoreau Society. " Bly, a Geneseo village resident from the ages of 2 to 27, nds that Welles Hall will always "have a special meaning for me. It was my grade school from 1956-1963. And, ironically, my last class as a senior at SUNY Geneseo was in that building!" Bly is a Geneseo "legacy" graduate, as his father received his BS and MS in Education from the college.

National Convention in Philadelphia. She has two daughters, ages 3 and 7.

!Tracy Strauss (1996) teaches First-Year Writing at Emerson College. She recently earned a scholarship to attend the Southampton Writers Conference, where she worked with author Kaylie Jones.

!Alison O'Reilly (1999) is a Youth Services Librarian with the Austin Public Library and serves on the 2010 Newbery Award Committee.

Tom Greenfield Receives 2009 Chancellors Award for Excellence in TeachingProfessor Greenfield was one of four Geneseo faculty members to receive the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The awards are SUNY system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

!Julie Sacco Bastedo (1999) teaches English and Drama at Orchard Park High School in Orchard Park, NY. She currently runs the Drama program, directing One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest in Fall 2008 and A Midsummer Night's Dream for Fall 2009. She received her Additional Qualication in Dramatic Arts from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in the summer of 2008. Julie also created an interdisciplinary program called "Drama without Borders," dealing with American and Canadian Drama and History, which she co-orchestrates with a drama teacher in Iroquois, Ontario.

!Peter Wm. V. Fedorchuk (1974) retired in 2007 as English Department Chair and English teacher at Wayland-Cohocton Central School after thirty-three years of service. "I used many of my handwritten notes from undergraduate classes at Geneseo to supplement my lectures and teaching of American, British, and Greek literature to juniors and seniors at the high school level," he writes. He is now an adjunct instructor at Genesee Community College, teaching English and Education courses as well as Public Speaking.

!Padraic McConville (2004) is working on his MBA at Cornell University's Johnson School. He spent last summer working for a private equity rm, and he delivered a presentation to Geneseo's School of Business last autumn.

!Erica Truncale (2007) has been living in Boston, MA, since November 2007. She is the Development Assistant for the Silent Spring Institute, a non-prot environmental researc h organization.

!Trouble Light, a new volume of poetry by Gerald McCarthy (1974), is available at McCarthy is Professor of English at St. Thomas Aquinas College, in Sparkill, NY; he received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1976.

!Brian Balduzzi (2009) has been accepted to Washington and Lee Law School.

!Ben DeGeorge (2009) works full-time in his family's company, St. Pauly Textile. "If you live in Western or Central NY you have probably seen our clothing collection sheds at local non prot org